The vegan activist involved in an ugly confrontation with a WA dairy farmer has intensified his anti-meat campaign by brazenly broadcasting live on Facebook from inside a piggery.
James Warden, of the group Direct Action Everywhere Perth, and a woman filmed themselves inside the former GD Pork facility in Blythewood, south of Pinjarra, on Sunday night.
Mr Warden, who did not attempt to hide his identity, was able to move around undetected in the piggery for at least hour, which may prompt producers to review their security in the future.
The WA pork producers industry today called for those involved to be hit with trespass charges.
The livestream was shared globally and as of late today had been watched 55,000 times. Fellow vegans were encouraged to send messages to Federal Agriculture Minister David Little Proud to “protect animals, not animal abuse”.
“An Australian farmer fired a shotgun the last time James Warden was documenting conditions outside a farm. Now he’s INSIDE an Australian pig farm – what will happen next?” the group’s Facebook page stated.
Mr Warden’s clash with Jason Parravicini went viral earlier this month when punches were thrown and a shotgun fired after he arrived unannounced at the Harvey farmer’s property and began filming calves.
On Sunday, Mr Warden spent more than an hour inside the piggery, relaying conditions inside the facility to a “US host”. The host said the action was to show Mr Littleproud – who came out in support of Mr Parravicini – that the group would not be intimidated.
In the video, Mr Warden showed vision of sows and their piglets in farrowing crates, claiming it showed cruel conditions and violent treatment. He also highlighted what appeared to be a pressure sore.
WA Pork Producers Association president Dawson Bradford called for those who “illegally broke into” the piggery to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
He said claims made by the activists in the vision were misleading and many of the practices described did not happen in Australia.
“It is clear from the comments made on the video that the individuals involved know little about pork production and animal husbandry,” Mr Bradford said.
“WA pork producers are proud of the standard of their production and operate under strict standards enforced by Government authorities as well as quality assurance programs.
“Contrary to the claims made in the video, we are not operating behind a veil of secrecy and are transparent about everything we do.”
Mr Bradford said activists who entered properties risked the biosecurity status of farms.
“If existing laws are not strong enough to deal with trespassing activists, they should be amended so farmers can be confident of going about their legitimate business and not having the health of their herd jeopardised,” he said.